The Hanover City Council addressed potential senior housing with residents from the proposed location.
The council also discussed a proposed public works expansion project, and heard an update regarding the proposed County Rds. 34/19 stoplight.
During open forum, Jeff Grupp and Reid Rabon from the Bridges of Hanover Homeowners Association were present to discuss the city’s communication with a senior housing developer.
Grupp said the homeowners were upset that there wasn’t any city notification of senior housing plans. He said there would be traffic concerns and that he was worried for the children within the development. He was concerned about another failed project within their development.
Mayor Martin Waters responded that the city is planning for the future needs of senior residents. He said the original intent for the parcel and in the developer’s agreement was to construct senior housing.
Councilor Dave Malewicki and city attorney Jay Squires reminded the audience that the council would only be discussing a letter of intent and not approving a development plan. Squires clarified that the letter is to initiate talking to a developer, to explore the market, and to find the best use of the property.
Councilor Wendy Pinor said senior housing would be for the surrounding communities as well. Malewicki said people have expressed they would like to stay in the community.
Waters clarified that the association has requested better communications, and for a senior housing market study.
Resident Elaine Bechtold said the original intention was for senior housing, and that she would prefer senior housing so she could stay in the community.
Grupp asked that due diligence be exercised to see if senior housing is even feasible.
Resident Tina Goede said she did not want senior housing in her development. Malewicki responded that senior housing was platted with land dedicated for a senior housing complex.
The council would later discuss the letter of intent for senior housing. Waters said the city needs to meet with the developer for an informal discussion. Malewicki suggested creating a taskforce, including representatives from the senior group and Bridges of Hanover.
The council then voted unanimously to establish an informal taskforce to review senior housing proposals.
In further matters, the council discussed options for expansion of the public works facility.
Mayor Waters said councilor Chris Kauffman indicated he was not ready to take action yet.
City administrator Dan Buchholtz provided a recap and overview of two proposed options, clarifying that each option includes bituminous pads and parking.
Waters asked which option the council is leaning towards, and councilor John Vajda said the second option. Buchholtz said Mike Bauer from Bauer Design Build provided the proposals at no cost.
Councilor Malewicki said he would like to see a footprint layout. Waters said he would like to look at options for the back area of city hall. Councilor Pinor said the building was designed for a second floor, and Buchholtz said he should know soon if the original building can have a second floor.
The council agreed to table the matter until the next meeting June 19.
In other news, city engineer Mike Nielson provided an overview of the feasibility study for the County Rds. 19/34 stoplight project.
He said he received a report from Wright County, and relayed that there would be a protected left turn and that the county was requesting advanced warning lights for the southbound traffic.
Nielson added that plans should be ready this month. He said he should have comments back regarding state aid within a month.
In other action, the council:
HEARD from engineer Nelson about the Pheasant Run sewer extension and street improvement project. He said the proposed improvements are at $2,575,661. The council’s consensus was to have an informational meeting Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting.
APPROVED a resolution ordering the razing of a hazardous building at 10672 Jonquil Lane.
HEARD from State Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, who is Republican endorsee for the new Senate Dist. 30 seat.
-Compiled by Aaron Brom